Michelle Obama Wears the Perfect Outfit to Trim the Tree (PHOTO)

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michelle obamaWednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and pup Bo welcomed military families to the White House to see this year's decorations. The decor, as usual, was impressive. There are 37 Christmas trees(!), and a 400-pound gingerbread White House. But all of that paled, sort of, in comparison to what the First Lady wore to kick off the holiday season: A plain black to-the-knee dress, dotted sheer tights, and a white collar with a flower pin.

Not your typical brightly-colored, multi-patterned Michelle Obama outfit -- but the perfect thing to wear for the holidays.

I've never been a fan of the whole red and green clothes thing for holiday parties. It's not that I have anything against these two colors, it's just ... it's been done to death and it's so expected. I think Michelle looks perfectly festive and fun -- despite her all-black outfit. I chalk it up to the way her dress fits (it's kind of fancy), and the fact that she jazzed it up a bit with fun tights and a pretty pendant. To me, that's holiday-y.

There are tons of ways to dress up for the season without, you know, dipping yourself in vats of green and red. Sequins and gold (not necessarily together) always say "December" to me. And they needn't be strictly reserved for New Year's Eve. Big, statement pieces of jewelry work, as well. And, of course, you can never go wrong in black and/or white. The only thing that doesn't really look "'tis the season" to me, at least, are bright, vibrant colors, like yellows, oranges, and pinks.

So, when you're searching for something to wear to your office holiday party -- or heck, Christmas dinner itself -- take a page from Michelle Obama's book and think outside the box. You'll still look perfectly festive, I promise.

What do you usually wear to holiday parties?

 

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